Rock Songs That Can’t be In the QuickHitz Selection

It seems everyone has an opinion about the Calgary radio station’s choice to adopt the new QuickHitz editing program, writes G&B writer Vanessa Azzoli.

We certainly can’t forget the rock songs we love (and sometimes love to hate) that need to be listened to in their full length in order to be awesome. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourites. There are some obvious choices on here – I think every person I asked said “Stairway to Heaven.”

But, there are some on here that I think most of us forgot about. What are your favourite lengthy rock tunes?

  1. Boston – Foreplay to Longtime/Longtime
  2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  3. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
  4. Pink Floyd – Echoes
  5. Styx – Come Sail Away
  6. Guns n’ Roses – November Rain
  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird
  8. Eric Clapton – Layla
  9. Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
  10. The Doors – The End
  11. Tool – Parabola
  12. Meatloaf – I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  13. Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  14. Rush – 2112
  15. Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do
  16. Beastie Boys – B-Boy Bouillabaisse
  17. Van Morrison – Listen to the Lion
  18. Black Sabbath – Warning
  19. The Rolling Stones – Goin’ Home
  20. Jane’s Addiction – Three Days

What songs did I miss?

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  • First off, I know people will want to hunt me down with pitchforks for saying this, but I actually disagree on some of these. There are actually two separate problems we’re talking about here. First is functional, or structural. The map of the song allows no shortcuts. Epic opuses like “Stairway to Heaven” and complex pieces like “Bohemian Rhapsody” don’t really have the repetitious pop-song structure that usually allows for these “radio edits”. The second problem is subjective, somewhat emotional. We’re so attached to these life-changing monsters of awesomeness that we insist that the 32-bar solo be listened to in its entirety every time. I say BS. When I was running a student radio station in high school, we had some of those records with shortened versions, and some of the songs on this list were among the titles. The purist will sit with his entertainment center and killer headphones and listen to every note of “Layla”, but a short-format DJ has every right to do a slow fade once the piano starts, and there’s enough room in the world for both to be okay.